This style of tattooing took the Western world by storm, popularized by artists such as Sailor Jerry. It’s known for the limited color palette, bold lines, and iconic Americana images like flags, pin up girls, roses, hearts, eagles, and other patriotic symbols. While it’s considered “old school”, there are still many who enjoy this particular style!
Neo-traditional straddles the line between new and old. It embraces traditional tattoos with similar bold lines, but experiments with dimensions, colors, and blending. There is much more detail to these designs, while still paying homage to the past
Realism is exactly what it sounds like – realistic tattoos that look like a photograph on the skin. It’s important to have a good picture for reference, and to find a skilled artist. If you find the right artist, this style can shine through for many many years.
A tattoo of someone’s face, be it a family member, character, or celebrity. This style is similar to realism, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a realistic portrait. It could be a caricature or something along those lines.
This style is currently very popular. It’s meant to mimic an experimental artistic process of using splashes and streaks of color to give an impression of paint on a canvas. It’s very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and when done properly, it should stand the test of time
New School is a tattooing style originating as early as the 1970s and influenced by some features of old school tattooing. The style is often characterized by the use of heavy outlines, vivid colors, and exaggerated depictions of the subject.
This style of tattooing dates back to 10,000BCE, and is one of the most sacred tattoo arts. These detailed designs cover large areas of the body, and follows a strict set of artistic rules. Usual imagery includes cherry blossoms, koi fish, lotus flowers, dragons, war dogs, and geishas.
Dotwork tattoos are a style on their own, and the shading you get through dots is almost 3D. You can’t get that kind of shading with any other method. The dotwork technique is used especially for geometric tattoos, religious and spiritual tattoos.
Script tattoos are very popular because words are the way we as humans communicate, in any language. Meaningful quotes, lyrics or even meaningful peoples’ names or dates of special events are all very personal and sentimental themes for script tattoos. Different fonts can affect the way the quote is read. Feminine or bold or classic fonts can be used to accentuate the words and illuminate their meanings. Script tattoos are perfect for any part of the body, depending on the length or brevity of the words themselves.
Black and Grey
Using black and white in varying shades, it’s made by diluting black ink with distilled water in various proportions. This style supposedly originated in prison, where inmates had limited access to different colors of ink.
Tribal tattoos date back centuries and are probably the oldest known style of tattoos. There are many different types of tribal, from Polynesian and Aztec, to Maori and Samoan. They were used for aesthetic, spiritual beliefs, and rites of passage. Tribal is depicted in big, bold loops, swirls, hooks, and could be designed to represent animals as well. Celtic crosses and knots are also a type of tribal, as is today’s modern Western version. When picking a tribal tattoo, it’s best to do your research first!
Bio mechanical is one of the most creative and inventive style of tattooing, as it imagines what the inside of the body would look like combined with machinery. For instance, it may look like a flash of metal machinery is peaking out from a torn open arm. Bio organic style is an abstract representation of naturally flowing, and comprised of elements that can be found in the natural world. It’s pretty common to see plants, bones, teeth, and other imagery that all swirl together and contort with the shape of the human body.